While most people would see this as an industrial-themed restaurant, it is also an historical one as the gear-work is reminiscent of Victorian Era Toronto. The owners know this, as the menu references The Blaze of 1849. Speaking of the owners, the manager himself greeted us along with several other pedestrians to give everyone a coupon for a free Tower O’ Rings.
As if that wasn’t friendly enough, the rest of the staff is also very kind. On our second visit, we brought someone who avoids eating pork, so we asked a lot of questions about their food preparation, but the waitress was patient and actually cared about answering our questions correctly.
There is a factory-like order to the menu options, since you must first pick your patty [Elk among them] burger topping [they broke it down into categories to sort the giant list] bun option [the usual: White Whole Wheat or Gluten-free] and lastly, side choices. The menu is surprisingly diverse here, with an equally large amount of sophistication.
The onion rings as you can see came in a rather generous portion considering it was free, and the sauces were great as well. While the white one, the Garlic Mayo, was good, the Chipotle Mayo was excellent and a lot better than most.
Dead Ringer is made with BBQ beef brisket, smoky BBQ sauce, jack cheese and one onion ring. We took another picture of its height, but that one was too fuzzy to make the cut. Suffice to say, squishing it down only was part of the task, it was big. I’ll start with the Elk as it is probably what most of you were wondering about. It tasted similar to beef, but a lot more flavourful. I think it is because Elk is only recently domesticated, and cows have been in farms for thousands of years, so that is bound to change everything from taste to how they moo. Beef isn’t bad, but it should be mentioned how The Works goes the extra step for more unique options.
Blaze of 1849: made with avocado,salsa loco, sour cream, and jalapeno peppers. My mom wimped out and didn’t have the jalapeno peppers, so this burger is probably the Blaze of 1848.5. One perk is that the burger is relatively healthy so you can pretend it’s good for you. The fresh ingredients, on a more realistic note, add a great quality that people who do like vegetables for taste [not health] will love.
While you know a place is good when the owner himself checks on his customers [like he did with us on both our visits], The Works still exceeds expectations and is no-doubt one of the modern high quality burger restaurants that evolved from simple drive-through joints, and is in the top of my list.